CY preps for a greener year as energy efficiency competition debuts
By Sutton Mora Hayes
As we have mentioned a few times in the past several months, the CYDC is participating in a new program called The Smallest User: A Neighborhood-Based Energy Efficiency Project in partnership with MLGW, The University of Memphis, and the Evergreen Historic District Association. The goal of this program is to create a competition between two neighborhoods to see which one can become the most energy-efficient over the life of a campaign designed to inform residents about energy-efficiency and usage reduction. The two neighborhoods are Cooper-Young and Evergreen. The time for the competition is now!
The official launch party for the competition was held January 27th at First Congregational Church, but MLGW officially started monitoring our usage on January 1st. At the event at First Congo, neighbors in CY learned about their energy usage thus far in 2010 and how that stacked up to the base year for our competition, 2008. (The partners in this program determined 2009 would not be an accurate base year due to the changes and instability in the housing market.) They also learned a little bit about what is going on in our “rival” neighborhood of Evergreen.
Most importantly, neighbors were exposed to some of the programs offered by MLGW to help homes become more energy-efficient. They were also given tips on other things they can do around their house to reduce their usage amounts. This is the first of several meetings that we’ll have to show residents how much they are reducing their energy usage (hopefully) and give more information about increasing energy-efficiency around the house.
As a reminder, the specific goals for this project are:
Improve awareness about energy conservation and energy-efficiency
Improve participation in various energy-efficiency programs
Lower overall utility usage in both neighborhoods by 10%
Encourage other neighborhoods to make this an annual event
Please let your neighbors know about this competition! The more people in the neighborhood that are aware of the project, the better chance we have at reducing our overall energy usage and the more fun it will be. Be on the lookout for more information from CYDC and its partners. Let’s make 2010 the greenest year yet in Cooper-Young!